Wikipedia Editing: Getting Started

Learn how to become a Wikipedia editor!

What is Wikipedia?

Wikipedia LogoWikipedia is a free encyclopedia, written collaboratively by the people who use it. It is a special type of website designed to make collaboration easy, called a wiki. Many people are constantly improving Wikipedia, making thousands of changes per hour. All of these changes are recorded in article histories and recent changes

Why Edit?

Don't be afraid to edit – anyone can edit almost every page, and we are encouraged to be bold! Find something that can be improved and make it better—for example, spelling, grammar, rewriting for readability, adding content, or removing non-constructive edits. If you wish to add new facts, please try to provide references so they may be verified, or suggest them on the article's discussion page. Changes to controversial topics and Wikipedia's main pages should usually be discussed first. 

Contributing to Wikipedia will provide you with resources on all the basics needed to use, comment on, and contribute to Wikipedia.

Remember – you can't break Wikipedia; all edits can be reversed, fixed or improved later. Wikipedia is allowed to be imperfect. So go ahead, edit an article and help make Wikipedia the best information source on the Internet!

Create a Wikipedia Account

Create a Wikipedia account using the following steps:

  • Visit http://en.wikipedia.org.
  • Click the "Create account" link in the upper right corner.
  • Choose a Username and Password, and enter your email address.
  • Type the captcha.
  • Click the "Create your account" button.

The Wikipedia Adventure

Wikipedia Adventure